LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Is the Post Office open on Good Friday? Is there mail delivery and service on Good Friday April 22, 2011? That answer is yes. Just days after the Post Office was open extended hours for returns to be filed, the annual confusion sets in about Good Friday. While federal holidays followed by the U.S. Postal Service are announced to news at the beginning of each year, on that list is never Good Friday. Good Friday, unlike other holidays, causes annual confusion because it is recognized by some institutions, many states, but is not a federal holiday and hence not followed by the U.S. Postal Service.
To start 2011, the United States Postal Service published its annual Postal Holidays. But those Postal Holidays follow federal holidays mandated by federal law. Therein rests the confusion.
Today, the Post Office will be open and mail delivery will exist. And if you have a calendar near you, pencil in also an upcoming closure for Monday May 30, Memorial Day.
But across town, you will find other services many news today, closed until Monday. Many local and county offices will be closed and some universities will be dark. Some, but not, all U.S. states recognize Good Friday as a holiday.
Each year, the OPM (U.S. Office of Personnel Management) issues that year’s schedule for recognized Federal holidays. The new time the Post Office is close will be Memorial Day (May 30), and Independence Day (July 4). In the fall, federal holidays will include Labor Day (September 5), Columbus Day (October 10), and Veterans Day (November 11). In the winter, add Thanksgiving Day (November 24) and Christmas Day (December 26).